Country Perspective’s Best Music Reviewed in February

This is the monthly recap post of all the great music we reviewed on the blog in case you missed it or just came across our humble, little blog. So check this music out if you haven’t already.

Albums

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Nikki Lane – Highway Queen

Nikki Lane delivers music excellence in Highway Queen. It feels like a truly breakout moment for Lane, as her personality and style shines though so well on this record. The instrumentation and production are spot-on and frames each song like they should, which shows how well Lane and Tyler worked in making this album. This album delivers the rollicking and fun foot-stompers just as well as it delivers emotional gut-punchers. Mark my words: this will go down as one of the best country albums of the year. Lane hits the jackpot and wins big with Highway Queen.

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Balto – Strangers

Simply put Strangers is a fantastic album. Balto intrigued me from my first listen of Strangers and the more I pulled back the layers of this album, the more impressed I became. There’s such a rich, variety display of sounds throughout this album that pair up so well with their lyrical counterparts. It’s an album that kind of pulls you every which way and you feel a little bit of everything listening to it. While the instrumentation is something that will immediately impress, the songwriting is equally admirable and lead vocalist Sheron really does a great job bringing the songs to life. Strangers is the type of album that will leave a smile on your face and reward you for listening from start to finish.

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Alison Krauss – Windy City

For fans of classic country and Alison Krauss, Windy City is a real joy to listen to from start to finish. I really applaud Krauss and Cannon for picking a great group of songs to cover. There’s plenty of variety, a song for any mood you’re in on this album. Each listen through you’ll have a new favorite. It’s also an educational album for those aren’t as informed about the history of the genre and brings to light some quality old artists worth knowing about. I wouldn’t be surprised if this album sees Krauss add to her staggering Grammys total. Krauss once again delivers really good music with Windy City.

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Whitney Rose – South Texas Suite (EP)

Whitney Rose was looking to capture and honor the spirit of Texas style country and she absolutely accomplishes this with South Texas Suite. The instrumentation on this album is damn near flawless, featuring lots of twangy steel guitars and fiddle (a must of course if you’re gonna play in Texas). The songwriting is great and deceptively deeper than you think upon first listen. Rose also still manages to incorporate her throwback soulful influence into the music too. All in all it’s just a flat-out fun listen that I think any country fan can come to appreciate. Rose once again reminds us of her fantastic talent, reaffirming herself as one of the brightest, best up and coming artists in country music today with South Texas Suite.

 

Songs

Zac Brown Band – “My Old Man”

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One thought on “Country Perspective’s Best Music Reviewed in February

  1. Album Of The Month: Alison Krauss – Windy City – 10/10
    (Three 10/10 albums so far: Jeannie Seely – Written In Song / Ashleigh Dallas – Lighthouse & Alison Krauss)

    Surprise Of The Month: Nikki Lane – Highway Queen & Balto – Strangers

    Meh Of The Month: Christie Lamb – Flamethrower

    Waiting for:
    Lee Kernaghan – The 25th Anniversary Album
    Sunny Sweeney – Trophy
    Hunter Brothers – Getaway
    Johnathan East – Land Of Cotton
    Marty Stuart – Way Out West

    My Country Top Tracks Of The Week:
    #01 – Jess Moskaluke – “Drive Me Away”
    #02 – Cottonwood Creek – “The Road That Led To Me”
    #03 – Lari White – “That’s My Baby” (2017 Version)
    #04 – Bradley Banning – “Don’t Mess With Texas”
    #05 – Jase Lansky – “Whiskey & Wine”
    #06 – Blake Burrow – “Cotton On Concrete”
    #07 – Steve Eales & The Open Road Band – “Come & Get Your Cowboy”
    #08 – Lance Carpenter – “Any Guy”
    #09 – Charlie Worsham – “Cut Your Groove”
    #10 – Josh Gracin – “Front Porch Kinda Love”
    On The Rise: Blake Burrow – “Memories & Mistakes”
    On The Rise: Nikki Lane – “Jackpot”
    On The Rise: Nikki Lane – “700.000 Rednecks”
    On The Rise: Pat Waters – “Heart Broke”
    On The Rise: Terry McBride – “Hotels & Highways”

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